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Housing and Regeneration Act 2008

Abolition of existing bodies
Sections 49 and 50 - Abolition of the Urban Regeneration Agency; Abolition of the Commission for the New Towns

94.These sections enable the Secretary of State to make an order dissolving the Urban Regeneration Agency and the Commission for the New Towns on a specified date.

95.Section 50 also introduces Schedule 5.

Section 51 - Property etc. transfers to the HCA and the Welsh Ministers

96.This section makes provision for the transfer of property, rights or liabilities in connection with the dissolution of the Urban Regeneration Agency and the Commission for the New Towns, and also for the transfer of property, rights or liabilities of a regional development agency and a Minister of the Crown.

97.Section 51, together with section 65, introduces Schedules 6 and 7.

Section 52 - Role of the HCA in relation to former CNT functions

98.This section sets out the role of the HCA in relation to functions which were formerly undertaken by the Commission for the New Towns. In relation to any property, rights or liabilities which are transferred to it from the Commission for the New Towns (on its abolition) and any property, rights or liabilities of a new town development corporation or an urban development corporation which are transferred to it on the dissolution of those corporations, the HCA will have to exercise its powers for the purposes of its objects. However, the HCA is not compelled to do so if it does not consider it appropriate to exercise its powers in that way, having regard to the purposes for which those property, rights or liabilities were held by the original bodies. The HCA must then exercise its powers as it considers appropriate, having regard to its objects and to the purposes for which the property, rights or liabilities were held by the body concerned.

Section 53 - Interim arrangements

99.This section gives the Secretary of State the power to require the Urban Regeneration Agency or the Commission for the New Towns to provide staff, premises, facilities or other assistance on a temporary basis to the HCA or Welsh Ministers.

100.This power could be used during any period of transition between the establishment of the HCA and the dissolution of the Urban Regeneration Agency and the Commission for the New Towns.

101.This section also reduces the minimum number of members that the Urban Regeneration Agency may have. This is to facilitate the transition of activities from the Urban Regeneration Agency to the HCA.

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